Harpist, 59, launches appeal against her indecent assault conviction

Harpist, 59, who once performed for the Queen launches appeal against her indecent assault conviction for taking a schoolboy’s virginity in the 1980s

  • Danielle Perrett will challenge her conviction and sentence at Court of Appeal
  • The 59-year-old handed prison term of four years, nine months in February 2018
  • She was sentenced alongside her ex-fiance Richard Barton-Wood, 68
  • Perrett, from Alpheton, Suffolk, found guilty of six counts of indecent assault

Danielle Perrett, pictured outside Ipswich Crown Court in January 2018, will have her applications for permission to appeal against conviction in London today

A ‘world-famous’ harpist jailed for sexually abusing a schoolboy in the 1980s is to have her case reviewed by leading judges.

Danielle Perrett, who has performed for the Queen and several prime ministers, will seek the go-ahead to challenge both her conviction and sentence at a Court of Appeal hearing in London later today.

Perrett, 59, was handed a prison term of four years and nine months in February last year.

She was sentenced alongside her ex-fiance Richard Barton-Wood, 68, for separately indecently assaulting the boy while he was in his early teens.

They both denied all charges but were convicted following a four-week trial at Ipswich Crown Court in Suffolk.

Perrett, from Alpheton, Suffolk, was found guilty by a jury of six counts of indecent assault.

Barton-Wood, from Wymondham, Norfolk, was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault and of one count of attempted indecent assault.

He was also sentenced to four years and nine months.

Their victim, now an adult, told jurors that Barton-Wood had worked as a substitute teacher at his school.

He said Barton-Wood sexually assaulted him on sailing and camping trips, and that on separate occasions Perrett took his virginity and performed sex acts on him.

Danielle Perrett, who has performed for the Queen and several prime ministers, will seek the go-ahead to challenge both her conviction and sentence at a Court of Appeal hearing


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Perrett assaulted him after being introduced to him by Barton-Wood who took him to watch her play in a hotel recital in 1984.

Judge Rupert Overbury told Perrett and Barton-Wood when sentencing them last year said both had been ‘pillars of the community’ before their ‘dirty secret’ was revealed.  

He said: ‘One of you a teacher and dedicated employee of the museums service who gave time to his community, the other a world-famous harpist with a reputation for kindness and integrity.

‘What none of those friends, colleagues and relatives knew was that each of you had a darker side to your character, a side that manifested itself in the systematic abuse of a teenage boy.’


Perrett, from Alpheton, Suffolk, (pictured right, outside Ipswich Crown Court in January 2018) was found guilty by a jury of six counts of indecent assault. Barton-Wood (pictured left outside Ipswich Crown Court in January 2018), from Wymondham, Norfolk, was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault and of one count of attempted indecent assault

He added: ‘I dare say that each of you has, over the last 30 years, hoped that this dirty secret would remain hidden.

‘I dare say that as the trial of historic sexual allegations has become more common that you hoped even more that that secret would not be revealed.

‘I have no doubt that when [he] contacted each of you some years later that you suspected it would only be a matter of time before your criminal activities came home to roost. ‘

Perrett will have her applications for permission to appeal against conviction and sentence heard by Lord Justice Coulson, Mrs Justice Cutts and Judge Paul Thomas QC.

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